University of Texas at Arlington

A Walk through the Wikiverse

Risk Taking and (R)evolution

A Walk through the Wikiverse


UTA Libraries celebrated the 10th International Open Access Week. The theme for this year’s 10th International Open Access Week, is "Open in order to…", which is an invitation to answer the question of what concrete benefits can be realized by making scholarly outputs openly available. It serves as a prompt to move beyond talking about openness in itself and focus on what openness enables.

  • Open in order to increase the impact of my scholarship.
  • Open in order to enable more equitable participation in research.
  • Open in order to improve health and the human condition.

To help answer the question, Michael Barera of Texas A&M University-Commerce joined the UT Arlington Libraries during Open Access Week for a venture into Wikipedia. Wikipedia is often the place where research begins on the internet. It is ranked 5th in overall global web traffic. Its mission is to provide free access to knowledge. With over 30 million articles written in 286 languages, Wikipedia generates approximately 8000 views per second from 500 million monthly visitors. How can libraries, staff, and faculty leverage the power of Wikipedia and turn this tool into an interactive learning opportunity for students and the community?

Following Michael’s presentation, a diverse group of faculty members from UTA, UTD, and SMU formed a panel and discussed their experiences in developing assignments incorporating Wikipedia and the impact on student learning.